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Nesian Mystik is a New Zealandmarker Hip-Hop/R&B group formed in 1999. Their cultural backgrounds unite a remarkable diversity of Polynesia by bringing together Māori, Tongan, Samoan and Cook Islandmarker ancestry.

History

Formed in 1999, Nesian Mystik united their diverse cultural backgrounds of Polynesia in bringing together Maori, Tongan, Samoan and Cook Island ancestry and English, becoming one of the biggest names in music. Nesian Mystik was formed in the music room of Auckland's Western Springs College, however, one of their members attended St Paul's College, also in Auckland. They compose all their material including the music, beats and rhymes.

Beginning with the Gold-selling Top Ten debut single "Nesian Style" at the end of 2001, their next single, "It's On", released in March 2002 followed as another Gold-selling radio hit. "It's On" peaked at #2 in the middle of 2002 in the New Zealand singles chart. In November 2002, the group released their debut album Polysaturated.

Polysaturated went straight to #1 and was certified Gold by the end of its first week of sales and out sold every superstar out there during the holiday season. By the end of June 2003, the album was still in the national top 10 and was certified Four times Platinum.

Their third single release "For The People" followed the album release just before Christmas 2003 and gave Nesian Mystik a hat-trick of three Top 10 singles and became their third consecutive Gold selling single. In an unprecedented achievement, the groups fourth single "Unity" also achieved Top Ten. Their fifth single, "Brothaz" failed to do as well and charted at #12.

November 2005 saw the return of Nesian Mystik to the New Zealand music scene with the Top Ten single "What's Next?" followed by "If It's Cool" another Top Ten and then May 2006 saw the release of Nesian Mystik's long-awaited and highly anticipated second album "Freshmen" debuting at #8 in the N.Z Top Ten album charts and was certified Gold in the first week of release. Nesian Mystik describe "Freshmen" as a feel good album, drawing influences from Old Skool, Soul, Funk, R"N"B and Hip Hop while upping the production sophistication and adding new flavas to the mix. "Robin Hood Heroes" and "So Good" were the 3rd & 4th radio released songs from "Freshmen"

The latest installment from Nesian Mystik is was released 27 October 2008 entitled "Elevator Musiq". The name, a play on words stemming from the idea that an artist/musician has "made it!" if their music is played or heard in an elevator. The flip side to the name reflects this groups drive to continually elevate their music and style to the next level.

This album has 4 singles released, which 3 are top 10's so far, the first being the number one smash hit "Nesian 101" which is currently certified Platinum, followed by "Dancefloor" (which peaked at #6), then the radio smash hit"Mr Mista" feat. Che Fu, Cydel and Kimbra which peaked at #3 and also certified Gold. The latest and final single released is "R.S.V.P." feat. PNC, which became their 10th Top 10 single in New Zealand.

Aside from enjoying huge sales and radio success with their singles, the group collected many awards including:
  • Mataariki Award for most promising Up & Coming Act 2001 Mai Time Awards
  • Best Hip-Hop/RnB Video Award at the 2002 Juice TV Music Awards
  • Best Urban Group Award NZ Music Awards 2003
  • The Peoples Choice Award NZ Music Awards 2003
  • 2003 APRA Silver Scroll Award for Song of the Year 'For The People'
  • Best Hip Hop Release in the 2003 B-Net Awards
  • Album of the Year at the 2003 NZ Entertainment Awards
  • Juice Hip Hop Music Video Award 2008 for 'Nesian 101' Juice TV Awards 2008
  • MTV's Best Kiwi Act Award Vodafone MTV Australia Awards 2009
  • Nui FM's Best Pacific Urban Artist Award S3 Pacific Music Awards 2009
  • Radio 531pi's Best Pacific Group Award S3 Pacific Music Awards 2009
  • S3 Best Pacific Music Album ‘Elevator Musiq’ S3 Pacific Music Awards 2009/ NZ Music Awards 2009
  • APRA Best Song Award for the Single ‘Nesian 101' S3 Pacific Music Awards 2009


Members

  • Te Awanui 'Awa' Reeder (vocals)
  • Feleti 'Sabre' Strickson-Pua (raps)
  • Donald 'Oldwun' McNulty (raps)
  • Junior 'Junz' Rikiau (raps, drums, ukulele)
  • David 'Dmon' Atai (guitar, vocals)
  • Heath 'Notiq' Manukau (turntables).


Discography

Date of Release Title Label Charted Country Certification
November 2002 Polysaturated Bounce Records #1 New Zealandmarker 4x Platinum
1 May, 2006 Freshmen Bounce Records #8 New Zealandmarker Gold
27 October, 2008 Elevator Musiq Bounce Records #12 New Zealandmarker Gold


Singles

Year Single Album NZ Singles Chart Certification
2001 "Nesian Style" Polysaturated 9 Gold
2002 "It's On" Polysaturated 2 Platnium
2002 "For the People" Polysaturated 5 Gold
2003 "Unity" Polysaturated 7 Gold
2003 "Brothaz" Polysaturated 12 -
2005 "What's Next?" Freshmen 7 -
2006 "If It's Cool" Freshmen 7 -
2006 "So Good" Freshmen - -
2006 "Robbin' Hood Heroes" Freshmen - -
2008 "Nesian 101" Elevator Musiq 1 Platinum
2008 "Dancefloor" Elevator Musiq 6 -
2008 "Mr Mista" Elevator Musiq 3 Gold
2009 "R.S.V.P." (feat. PNC) Elevator Musiq 9 -
2009 "Sacrifice" (feat. WISE) Untitled 4th Album - -



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